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Sex offender-turned-Mormon home school teacher stabs himself after he’s busted again for molestation

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A Mormon church-sanctioned home school teacher attempted to kill himself after he was arrested a second time on child sex crime charges.

Martin Gillen stabbed himself in the throat as Nevada police tried to arrest him in August at his Henderson home on a charge of lewdness with a child, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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The 43-year-old Gillen, who was a convicted sex offender, had been working as a home school teacher through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl at her home, prosecutors said.

Gillen was indicted Wednesday on four more felony charges: first-degree kidnapping, child abuse, neglect or endangerment, use of a minor in producing pornography and burglary.

If he’s convicted, Gillen faces a possible life term in prison without the possibility of parole.

Gillen, who was convicted in 2002 of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to eight years in prison, remains free on $100,000 bond.

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A teenage employee at Gillen’s previous job as manager of a Colorado skating rink reported finding him photographing a partially nude 6-year-old girl in a restroom.

The child told authorities that Gillen had molested her on multiple occasions.

After he was released from prison, Gillen moved to the Las Vegas area and got a job through the Mormon church teaching Scripture lessons in family homes.

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Investigators said he produced pornographic images of a girl whose family he had befriended and molested her.

Authorities are concerned Gillen may have victimized other children.

Church officials in Las Vegas referred the Review-Journal to an office in Utah, but Mormon representatives have not yet commented on the case.

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Gillen, who told police he tried to kill himself to avoid going back to prison, was hospitalized for his injuries but recovered.

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